Each August, Congress goes on “recess”–but that doesn’t mean your legislators are on summer break!
Summer recess is a district work period when senators and representatives return to their home states and districts to meet with their constituents–so recess is a great time to meet with your members of Congress and their staff about the importance of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs in your community.
This summer, House of Representatives will be in recess from 7/20-9/6, and the Senate recess is scheduled from 8/5-9/6. For more information, including other recess periods throughout the year, you can view the House calendar and Senate calendar.
In order to make hosting successful in-district meetings as easy as possible, Voices for National Service has created a toolkit as well as a series of explainer videos. You’ll find templates, talking points, and other resources that will walk you through from start to finish. Questions? We’re here to help! Contact Amanda Hooper, Senior Director of Advocacy and Outreach.
Toolkit: Meet your Member (and their Staff)
This toolkit contains everything you need to host a successful in-district meeting from start to finish: Step-by-Step Instructions for Scheduling; Template Meeting Request; Recommended Meeting Agenda; Suggested Talking Points; Social Media Tips; Template Thank You Note, and more!
Videos: Congressional Recess Tips
Hear directly from a congressional staffer about why in-district meetings matter. This series of short videos contain answers to frequently asked questions, along with tips and tricks for making your meeting count.
Put Your Community on the Map: Join the August Recess Challenge!
This summer, join service leaders from across the country in making sure national service is a national priority for Congress. Put your community on the map by filling out this form to let us know that you’re ready to schedule your in-district meeting, and we’ll follow up to make sure you have the support you need.